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The impressive stage at the City Hall as the Taoiseach, Mr Jack Lynch opened the 14th Cork International Choral Festival. May 1967
The impressive stage at the City Hall as the Taoiseach, Mr Jack Lynch opened the 14th Cork International Choral Festival. May 1967
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Watch: 5,000 to sing at Cork choral fest

ALMOST 5,000 world class singers and 50,000 visitors from across Ireland, Europe and beyond will descend on Cork over the May Bank Holiday weekend for the 63rd annual Cork International Choral Festival.

The Festival, which is the oldest in Cork and one of Europe’s most prestigious Choral Festivals, will bring Cork to life with a series of gala concerts, national and international competitions, schools concerts, workshops, seminars, and free outdoor performances across 90 venues in the city and county.

The festival runs from April 26 to 30, with the Bank Holiday falling on Monday, May 1.

There are 114 performances and events scheduled, including 6 ticketed gala events and performances by 16 international groups from 13 different countries - Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Macedonia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and Wales.

There will also be dozens of other gatherings throughout the city as the event always spills out to the streets of Cork, including many impromptu performances in pubs, cafes, restaurants, churches and libraries - wherever you turn you will hear a harmony of voices.

Sinéad Dunphy, Festival Manager, said, “Situated at the gateway to Ireland's Ancient and the Wild Atlantic Way, Cork is unique in its position to be able to deliver an internationally acclaimed Festival. Each year the event attracts over 50,000 and packs out every hotel, restaurant and bar with singers and music lovers.

“The event is one of the top festivals in the country and is the perfect chance for locals and visitors alike to enjoy a fantastic line-up of the best choirs and voices from around the world."

The 2017 event is set to be one of the most exciting years. 

Highlights include the Grammy award-winning acapella group, The Swingles, Verdi’s Requiem with the Cork Fleischmann Symphony Orchestra, ‘The Great Mystery’ by Chamber Choir Ireland, a performance by New Dublin Voices in Cork’s North Cathedral, the International Fleishmann Gala choir competition and everyone’s cherished Closing Gala Concert.